Physicists conduct research into the phases of physical phenomena, develop theories and laws on the basis of observation and experiments, and devise methods to apply laws and theories to industry and other fields.
Sample of reported job titles: Health Physicist, Scientist, Research Scientist, Physicist, Research Consultant, Research Physicist, Biophysics Scientist
Base salary and job outlook
- Median wages (2008): $49.47 hourly, $103,890 annual
- Employment (2006): 17,000 employees
- Projected growth (2008): Average (7% to 13%)
- Projected need (2006-2016): 5,000 additional employees